As we all anticipate the sweet smells and soft sun of spring, one community group is already getting started, hoping others will join in and participate.
The Valencia Community Garden, a non-profit garden, will be tilling up the soil on Saturday, getting the earth ready for this year’s planting. The garden is not only to harvest fresh food, but a way to grow community spirit and cooperation.
The group, which formed in 2009, was initiated by Rosemary Kaul, who is said to have always talked about feeding the people in the community with healthy food.
Two years ago, the Valencia Community Garden received a grant that allowed its members to hold free workshops on canning and to work with different youth groups. As school children visit the garden in Tomé, they are surprised how food is grown and where it comes from. But with VCG members who make time to teach our children, they’ve come away with a better understanding of how a garden grows.
The garden, members say, has created an environment of sharing and learning from fellow gardeners. The minimum requirement, along with a $25 membership fee, is to work between two and four hours a week, and when harvest time comes around, members are able to take home the produce they’ve helped bring to fruition.
And any excess food they’ve grown is then donated to area food pantries and needy families.
On Saturday, VCG members will hold its first work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the garden, located behind the Tomé Art Gallery.
We think the Valencia Community Garden is a great organization with members who are doing what they love for an area they’ve grown to nourish. We thank them for their contributions and wish them luck on a great growing season.